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37.4 - The »Économie des Conventions«

Focus I: The »Économie des Conventions«

Focus II: Towards Web History
Mixed Issue: Articles
HSR Vol. 37 (2012) No. 4: Focus I: The Économie des Conventions / Focus II: Towards Web History

Rainer Diaz-Bone & Robert Salais (Eds): The Économie des Conventions – Transdisciplinary Discussions and Perspectives.

The économie des conventions (economics of convention, EC) can be regarded as an influential transdisciplinary, pragmatic approach for the historical analysis of economic coordination and economic institutions. EC was developed first in France. For some years now international recognition and reception is rising. Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung has published contributions about EC and applications of EC since 2009. In the present issue ongoing and critical discussion is presented, which addresses problems of institutional theory, methodology and conceptual aspects of EC. Furthermore, contributions are entailed in this issue, which apply EC as a transdisciplinary historical approach to new research objects. Also new perspectives for conceptual and methodological developments of EC are offered.

Christoph Classen, Susanne Kinnebrock & Maria Löblich (Eds.): Towards Web History: Sources, Methods, and Challenges in the Digital Age.

The process of digitization represents a twofold challenge both for historiography in general and, in particular, for historical communication research. Digitization has deeply changed research practice as well as the inter-disciplinary communication and is likely to do so in future. The contributions of this HSR Focus address a twofold conceptual challenge. In a first part, problems and chances of a contemporary history of digital media are discussed. In the second part the authors leave the level of conceptual considerations and turn towards the already established practice of digitization and the supply of sources in the net.

Furthermore this HSR contains a Mixed Issue with nine articles.